What is International Working Animal Day?
SPANA’s fifth annual International Working Animal Day, taking place on 19 November 2020, is raising awareness about the essential role played by working animals in developing countries around the world.
Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – are the key workers of the developing world. More than 200 million working animals support the livelihoods of over 600 million people in the world’s poorest communities. By doing the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis – and transporting people, goods, food, water and firewood – these hardworking animals make it possible for poverty-stricken families to earn a small income and put food on the table.
Yet, despite their vital role, this invisible workforce is often completely overlooked. Countless animals lead short, hard lives, working in extreme conditions, with little rest, poor nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.
SPANA believes that these animals deserve greater respect and recognition. And, more importantly, they need our help.